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The crucible in Cairo

Bob Bradley moved to a country in turmoil and found his way with its biggest star

Updated: May 18, 2012, 3:33 PM ET
By Wayne Drehs | ESPN The Magazine

THE BOY IS DYING. He lies on his back on squares of sparkling white tile in the Al Ahly locker room, fighting for every last second. Mohamed Aboutrika, the most beloved player in Egyptian soccer, rushes to him, kneels down and takes the boy in his arms.

A postgame riot has brought the two together. The chaos on this February night in Port Said began moments after the match between Cairo's Al Ahly and its rival, Al Masry, as fans set upon one another with rocks, ...

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